february, 2018

22feb14:17Falcon 9 • PAZ

Event Details

Launch Date: February 22, 2018
Launch Window: 14:17 UTC
Launch Vehicle: Falcon 9 FT
Launch Operator: SpaceX
Launch Site: SLC-4E Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
1st Stage Recovery: No
Payload: Paz
Payload Type: Radar Imaging
Payload Operator: Hisdesat
Secondary Payloads: MicroSat-2a & 2b


A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Paz satellite for Madrid-based operator Hisdesat, becoming Spain’s first radar observation satellite as part of the National Earth Observation Program. The satellite is completing a multi-purpose mission, collecting radar imagery for application in national security and defence, civilian applications, science and commercial exploitation. The 1,400-Kilogram satellite carries an X-Band Synthetic Aperture Radar capable of delivering imagery at a ground resolution of one meter, capturing around 200 scenes per day. Paz was originally planned to fly on a Dnepr booster, but as the vehicle fell victim to the political conflict between the Ukraine and Russia the mission was moved to a SpaceX Falcon 9 after encountering nearly three years of delays.


Mission Resources:

Mission Updates

📺 Live Launch Coverage

🚀 Launch Vehicle Overview: Falcon 9 FT

🛰 Payload Overview: PAZ, MicroSat-2a & 2b

Countdown Timeline

Flight Profile

Launch Weather

📍 Launch Site Schedule


(Thursday) 14:17 UTC


Space Launch Complex 4

Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 4, Lompoc, CA, United States